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The Oast Theatre group in Kent recently arranged a rehearsed reading for one of my new plays. I had no previous connection with the group – I had simply sent off something I was working on after seeing a call for One Act submissions. When they said they had selected mine – working title ‘What you Are’, I was delighted. I was also scared. Not only would complete strangers be reading my play (eek) but I had to drive on the M25 to get there! (When it comes to motorway driving, I’m of a very nervous disposition.)
Bishopston Amateur Theatrical Society based in West Glamorgan are performing Yes, Prime Minister
Let’s get the obligatory joke out the way: My husband hates the pantomime. Oh no he doesn’t. Well yes, actually he does. Incredible, isn’t it?!
I don’t know what really gets his goat: I think he is afraid of interaction: The idea that Widow Twanky might end up on his lap. Or that he’ll end up on a winch with Tinkerbell.
So last year, when Principal Girl Productions asked me to write a pantomime script and I said, ‘Whooppeee, you betcha!’ put it this way: he wasn’t thrilled. (Oh no he wasn’t.)
Take part in the 2015 London Theatre Survey and win a 4 star theatre break for two
Bartholomew Players based in Oxfordshire are performing California Suite
Southend-on-Sea Operatic and Dramatic Society based in Essex are performing Sweeney Todd
Ariel Drama Academy Entertains In West Sussex
Samantha Lierens considers the role of women in writing (opinion article)
Norma Phillips is concerned about the future of amateur theatre (opinion article)
You are never too old to start Acting Up!